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Man Vs Suburbia

I've walked the coast, climbed the mountains and am now ready to see my country from a different perspective, on the water in a kayak.

October 2018

With 12 days to go to my walk around Tassie, this will be my last entry on this page - what a crazy year - so much different to what I had planned and I I certainly did not want to be sitting here injured and house bound, but that is where I am. It seems that despite getting most if not all of my traditional injuries and concerns under control - a problem was lurking with my orthotics, which in hindsight could possibly be avoided altogether, but I did have some weakness in my right knee and some shin issues - so I went in for a review of my orthotics.

That first review took place on the 5th of June, nearly 5 months ago and although some things got better, some things got worse. My right leg was corrected and regained full strength, but then issues started occuring in my left leg / left knee area - then more visits to the podiatrist and they adjusted the left orthotic, the right one having been adjusted earlier - then it was suggested that of the three new shoes I had purchased, one pair was totally wrong for my foot type, so I should just go home, ice and rest for a few days and all will be well ... oh and never wear one of the pairs of shoes again.

That went okay for a couple of days and then I started to get back to my normal work and training routine and things got worse in my left knee, on the inner side near the medial ligament, so after 5 visits in the last 5 months I'm not really where I want to be given my plans to walk for 64 days and over 1,000 km - but I still think things will be okay.

This month (October) also is the anniversary of 1 year of some kind of bowel / stomach irritation that neither I nor my consultants has got to the bottom of. My diet is probably even better than it was (to some extent) and I exist largely on rice and vegetables, with the odd bit of chocolate and usually plenty of fruit, but have avoided the fruit for the last week or so to see if that makes a difference. Things are better and more consistent, but not only am I a crazy environmentalist, I'm also a meat free, dairy free, wheat free ..... where will this all end???

I set out in 2018 to do some things - I always like this bit where I do a bit of a count to see what has happened. Given that I'm injured now, this lists below will not be added to, so here is the wrap up. I did want a year free from physiotherapy, my last visit was on May the 14th, so still have some way to go, but I would have liked to avoid all medical contact, but that was not to be. My adventure year in numbers:

  • 31 kayak missions
  • 44 mountains climbed (35 individual peaks)
  • 0 snow trips
  • 14 Bushwalking adventures
  • 62 km in the pool and ocean
  • 26 kayak training sessions
  • 5 physio visits
  • 5 podiatrist visits
  • 74 walk training sessions - including stairs / weighted packs
  • 56 hours of planking
  • 153 weight training sessions
  • 3,640km on the bike
  • 9 injuries
  • 3 bike crashes
  • 23 nights under the stars
  • 99 minutes of running (9 runs)
  • 100 hours of stretching

Now for the big test - I'm off to Tassie in 12 days.

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The following gives a snapshot of where things are currently at with my 2018 adventures. I have some big goals for the year ahead and have had to be fairly patient with a number of injuries. My big plan for later this year is to walk around Tasmania. Although I set this page up for my kayak adventures, it is increasingly becoming a training and adventure journal page - covering swimming, climbing, kayaking, mountains, walks, injuries and other general notes as I progress toward November.

My 2018 started on December 10th 2017, as this was the date I first climbed into a kayak by myself after long recoveries from 2 separate injuries. The table below excludes my daily training (weights, stretching etc) and other bits and pieces, but attempts to show the new places that I have been since 2018. I use 3 main categories, rivers (including oceans & bays), mountains and bushwalks. I also do a lot of riding and mostly incorporate this with bushwalks, so do not have a separate column for this.

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Recovery Process

Ice & Rest

October 20th, 2018
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Left Knee

Ice & Rest

October 19th, 2018
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Specialist Advice

Left Knee Pain

October 19, 2018
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Local Streets

Can I walk?

October 17, 2018
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Local Streets

Can I walk?

October 16, 2018
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Local Streets

Can I walk?

October 15, 2018
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Some walking!

Trip to coast

October 14, 2018
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Test myself

Stairs

October 9th, 2018
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Light Weight Session

Strength

October 7th, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

October 5th, 2018
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Specialist Advice

Left Knee Pain - Laser

October 1st, 2018
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Running

Cardio

Sept 25th, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

September 25th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

September 24th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

September 23rd, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

September 22nd, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

September 20th, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

September 18th, 2018
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Running

Cardio

Sept 18th, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

September 11, 2018
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Running

Cardio

Sept 11th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

September 7th, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

Sept 5th, 2018
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Running

Cardio

Sept 3rd, 2018
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Weight Session

Strength

Sept 3rd, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

September 2nd, 2018
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In Hospital

Colon Issues

August 3rd, 2018
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Specialist Advice

Adjust Left Orthotic

August 31st, 2018
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12 min run

Training

August 30th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

August 29th, 2018
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12 min run

Training

August 28th, 2018
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598 with 2

Training

August 22nd, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

August 21st, 2018
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9 minute run

Training

August 20th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

August 17th, 2018
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449 with 10

Training

August 14th, 2018
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2 hour walk

Training

August 12th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

August 12th, 2018
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10kg pack

Training

August 10th, 2018
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9 minute run

Training

August 8th, 2018
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7.5kg pack

Training

August 7th, 2018
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7.5kg pack

Training

August 5th, 2018
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No pack

Training

August 4th, 2018
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No pack

Training

August 2nd, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 31st, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 25th, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 23rd, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 19th, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 17th, 2018
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Specialist Advice

Adjust Right Orthotic

July 16, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 12th, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 10th, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 5th, 2018
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No pack

Training

July 3rd, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

June 26th, 2018
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No pack

Light Walk

June 18th, 2018
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No pack

70m Stairs

June 18th, 2018
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No pack

Light Walk

June 17th, 2018
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No pack

Light Walk

June 16th, 2018
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2000m

GESAC

June 15th, 2018
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Specialist Advice

Orthotic Review

June 6th, 2018
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2000m

GESAC

June 3rd, 2018
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2000m

GESAC

June 1st, 2018
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Infected Gum

Top left crown

May 31st, 2018
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Pubic right side

Too much kayak?

May 26th, 2018
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2000m

GESAC

May 26th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

May 19th, 2018
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Shin Splints / Mid Back

PHYSIO

May 14th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

May 13th, 2018
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Elbow Bone Chip

2 months ago

May 13th, 2018
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Shin Splints

Both Legs

May 8th, 2018
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Right Shoulder

Weakness (Recurring)

May 8th, 2018
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Sore spine

Mid Back (ongoing)

May 12th, 2018
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Blistered Feet

Still Recovering

May 12th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

May 11th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stairs

May 8th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

May 8th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

May 7th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stairs

May 7th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

May 6th, 2018
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No Pack

Scotchmans Creek

May 5th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

May 4th, 2018
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Blistered Feet

Rest in Bed

April 25th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Pack Training

April 19th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Pack Training

April 18th, 2018

Most Recent

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Weighted Pack

Pack Training

April 17th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Pack Training

April 16th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Pack Training

April 15th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

April 15th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stairs

April 13th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

April 13th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street

April 11th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stairs

April 10th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street

April 9th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

April 8th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street & Stairs

April 7th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

March 28th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

April 6th, 2018
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Left Hip Region

PHYSIO

April 6th, 2018
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2000m

Oakleigh Rec Centre

March 24th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

March 25th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stair Climb

March 27th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

March 28th, 2018
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Groin / Adductor

PHYSIO

March 22nd, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stair Climb

March 22nd, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

March 23rd, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Stair Climb

March 24th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

March 11th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

March 16th, 2018
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Weighted Pack

Street Circuit

March 20th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

March 21st, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

March 8th, 2018
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Groin / Adductor

On Crutches

March 7th, 2018
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Middle Back

PHYSIO

February 27th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

February 28th, 2018
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3 Laps (2.1k)

Elwood Circuit

February 9th, 2018
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3 Laps (2.1k)

Elwood Circuit

February 4th, 2018
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0.5 Lap (Jellyfish Invasion)

Elwood Circuit

February 6th, 2018
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3 Laps (2.1k)

Elwood Circuit

January 28th, 2018
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Middle Back

PHYSIO

January 29th, 2018
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3 Laps (2.1k)

Elwood Circuit

January 24th, 2018
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2 Laps (1.4k)

Elwood Circuit

January 26th, 2018
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2000m

GESAC

January 20th, 2018
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2 Laps (1.4k)

Elwood Circuit

January 22nd, 2018
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1000m

GESAC

January 18th, 2018
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Groin / Adductor

On Crutches

January 13th, 2018
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Groin / Adductor

On Crutches

January 14th, 2018
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Groin / Adductor

On Crutches

January 15th, 2018
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1500m

GESAC

January 10th, 2018
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1750m

GESAC

January 12th, 2018
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1200m

GESAC

January 8th, 2018
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1000m

GESAC

January 3rd, 2018
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1000m

GESAC

January 5th, 2018
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500m

GESAC

January 1st, 2018
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Kayak @ Home

Home Base

October, 2017